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Morning, Portland! We might actually see some rain today and a high in the low 50s. Now onto the news.
In local news:
• The Grant County Sheriff arrested a leader of a US Forest Service crew in October after a prescribed burn “escaped”—exceeded the fire line—and burned about 20 acres of private land. The incident has sparked a debate over what it means to keep communities safe against fire. “The sheriff felt like he was protecting the community and restoring justice, and I think it’s just the opposite,” a fire ecologist told OPB. “One of the intentions of that prescribed fire was to make the community safer in the event of a future wildfire.”
• Students at Portland Community College now have access to a plane to practice aviation repairs and learn about mechanics on—neat! The plane was a donation from Alaska Airlines, which is retiring a fleet of 20-year-old planes. The airline industry is expecting a shortage of workers in the next 20 years, incentivizing industry giants to collaborate with training programs to provide access to modern plane technology.
• A Q & A with Shannon Singleton, the outgoing director of the Joint Office of Homeless Service:
Outgoing JOHS Director Singleton addresses the inner workings of the region's largest homelessness agency, the public's misgivings about its output, and hopes for the future.https://t.co/buMbTliyRx— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) November 21, 2022
• Twenty environmental and community groups are calling on the city to walk back its approval of a permit given to Zenith Energy last month, claiming that the city should have gathered public input before making a decision about the permit. The city maintains that it didn't have to seek public input, because determining whether fuel trains should continue to run through Portland neighborhoods was strictly an administrative decision.
• Rich in detail and often darker in tone, Guillermo del Torro’s Pinocchio breathes new life into a fantasy story done to death, writes film critic Chase Hutchinson. However, it could have gone a little harder on the fascism. The film opens Wednesday at the Hollywood Theater.
Portlanders mourn victims of mass shooting at LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs https://t.co/vw9rr7ZByi— KGW News (@KGWNews) November 22, 2022
In national news:
• Alabama is pausing executions after the state failed to properly administer a lethal injection for the third time since 2018, an unprecedented blunder. Governor Kay Ivey ordered a review of the state’s lethal injection process to identify the problems, but largely implied that the failed executions were the fault of “criminals hijacking the system,” not prison staff or the state’s equipment. Failed lethal injection includes not being able to find a vein, not being able to establish an IV line, and a failure to properly check the drugs used in the execution.
• President Biden pardoned two turkeys named Chocolate and Chip Monday, an annual Thanksgiving tradition. According to the White House Historical Association, the turkey pardon tradition started out as more of a competition of what turkey farmer would provide the White House with a Thanksgiving turkey that slowly evolved into an official presidential pardon starting with George H. Bush, who pardoned the turkey due to animal rights protesters.
• New York issued its first 36 licenses for cannabis dispensaries Monday since legalizing recreational marijuana in March 2021. The state plans to give out 175 licenses during its first round of applications, with a preference for applicants with past marijuana convictions.
• I wasn’t sure what I expected to find when Tampax was trending on Twitter yesterday, but it sure wasn’t this:
You're in their DMs. We're in them.— Tampax US (@Tampax) November 21, 2022
We are not the same.